Covid travel rules: The Holiday Guru helps a reader who is travelling to Spain

We’re off to Spain – what tests must we take before, during and after our break? The Holiday Guru answers travellers’ questions

The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your questions.

This week issues tackled include entry requirements for mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.

Q. My husband and I are going to Spain for ten days. We are both fully vaccinated and will fill in the Spanish Health Control Form two days before departure. What tests must we take before, during and after our holiday?

Denise Bushell, via email.

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A. You don’t need to take a test before going — although you will need proof of being double-jabbed. You can either show this via the main NHS app (on your phone or having downloaded and printed it), or by requesting an NHS Covid Pass letter by calling 119. See ‘NHS Covid Pass’ at

You will also need to take a lateral flow/antigen test and get a negative result in the 72 hours before your flight back, and a further PCR test in the UK by day two of your return. Details of tests can be found at ‘Red, amber and green list rules for entering England’ at There is also information there on the differing rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Q. There is a lot of information about Spain and the Balearics but I can’t find much about the Canaries. I am booked to go to Tenerife. What are the rules there?

Anne Furlong, via email.

The Holiday Guru helps another reader who is booked to go to Tenerife

The Holiday Guru helps another reader who is booked to go to Tenerife 

A. The rules are the same as for mainland Spain. More details at

Q. If we  go on a cruise that stays in UK waters, will we be entitled to full NHS benefits? Travel insurance is not financially viable.

Gordon Murr, via email.

A. It is advisable to take out insurance. If you fell ill at sea and the ship had to be diverted, you would not be covered by the NHS.


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